Lucie's Place

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Lucie's Place, Inc.
New Lucies Place Logo.jpeg
New Lucie's Place logo, announced Sept 29, 2014
FounderPenelope Poppers
Diedra Levi
Type501(c)3 non-profit
45-3671770
FocusHomeless LGBTQ Young Adults
Location
Area served
Central Arkansas
Revenue
Community support
Foundation
Employees
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Lucie's Place is an organization in Little Rock, Arkansas working to open a home for homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless LGBTQ young adults. Lucie's Place is named in memory of Lucille Marie Hamilton, a young transgender woman who died on July 11, 2009.[1]

History[edit]

Lucie's Place began as a project of the Living & Affected Corporation, an HIV/AIDS advocacy non-profit organization. In August 2011 a board of directors was formed and decided to begin the process of becoming a separate non-profit organization.

Lucie's Place incorporated on November 2, 2011, and received non-profit status June 27, 2012.

Programs[edit]

Lucie's Place currently operates a drop-in center, located at 300 S. Spring St., Suite 803, Little Rock, AR 72201. At this center, homeless LGBT young adults store their personal belongings, utilize the computer lab, apply for jobs, create their resume, take a nap, read a book or play games. Homeless LGBT young adults also receive supportive services from this center, such as free counseling, bus passes, cell phones/minutes, food, toiletries, and referrals to other programs in the area when needed.

The first housing program of Lucie's Place will the opening of a Transitional Living Program (TLP) for LGBTQ young adults in Central Arkansas. The program will be open to any young adult (age 18-25) who identifies as LGBTQ and is currently homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. The programming and guidelines for the TLP are based on similar programming from The Ali Forney Center in New York City, NY and Our House in Little Rock, AR. Lucie's Place is working to open this home in 2016.

Need[edit]

While LGBT individuals make up 5-10% of the general population, they represent 20-40% of the homeless population.[2] These shelters are often affiliated with religious doctrine that opposes LGBT equality or believes that homosexuality, bisexuality, trans* and non-binary gender identity, and non-heterosexual and -cisgender identification is morally wrong and/or socially unacceptable.[3]

Homeless shelters are often problematic for LGBT individuals, as these shelters often do not have policies that specifically protect LGBT people. Homeless shelters are often especially troublesome for trans* individuals, as most residential programs require residents to stay in the dorm of the gender assigned to them at birth, not the gender with which they actually identify.[4]

#DefendTheDuggars[edit]

In August 2014, The Duggar Family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" donated $10,000 to help repeal an amendment to the Civil Rights ordinance in Fayetteville, AR that was inclusive of Transgender people.[5] A petition was begun to take "19 Kids and Counting" off the air and the hashtag #DefendTheDuggars was created for individuals to show support of The Duggar Family. LGBT and allied individuals in turn took that hashtag and turned it into a pro-LGBT hashtag. Scott Wooledge of "Memographs" then created a meme, stating "The Duggars spent $10,000 to fight for "the right" to fire gay people for who they love in Arkansas. On a operating budget of just over $7,500 Lucie's Place ministers to the LGBTQ homeless youth population of Arkansas. Which cause would Jesus support?"

This original was retweeted several times and began to go viral. Lucie's Place began to see a great increase in donations and then the #DoubleTheDuggars campaign began. To date Lucie's Place has received $24,000 in response to the original $10,000 donation The Duggars made. The story was picked up by The Arkansas Times, Bilerico[6] and Dan Savage's "Slog".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koon, David (August 13, 2009). "They Loved Lucie". The Arkansas Times. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness by the Numbers". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness". National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth: An epidemic of homelessness". National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Duggar family spends $10,000 to help Repeal 119 candidates in Fayetteville City Council election". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Duggar Controversy Spurs Donations to LGBT Youth Group". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ "LGBT Activist Wants You to Spend $5 Flipping Off the Duggars (And Helping LGBT Youth in Arkansas)". Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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